NEWS: Tinchy Stryder To Support Cheryl On Tour

Cheryl has announced that hip-hop and pop star Tinchy Stryder will be joining her on her forthcoming UK arena tour. Tickets for Cheryl supported by Tinchy are on-sale now and are available from http://www.livenation.co.uk or http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

Tinchy Stryder was 2009’s biggest selling male solo artist in the UK and over the past two years the rapper has scored a string of hit singles, a top-selling album, and has embarked on nationwide sell-out headline tours. Tinchy also had the prize role of opening the Pyramid stage at Glastonbury in 2010 and provided the support on Akon and Rihanna’s UK shows, two of the UK’s biggest tours of 2011. After enjoying success with his three previous albums, his fourth ‘Full Tank’ will hit shelves in December 2012.

Cheryl’s single ‘Call My Name’ (11th June) shot straight to #1 within hours of release on iTunes, clocking up record breaking sales. Her third album ‘A Million Lights’ (18th June) and second single ‘Under The Sun’ (3rd September) followed suit in terms of chart success. The album follows Cheryl’s previous solo albums ‘3 Words’ and ‘Messy Little Raindrops’ both of which hit #1 in the charts. Cheryl will be performing songs from all three albums on the tour as well as some surprises.

Although this will be Cheryl’s first headline arena tour, she is certainly no stranger to the live circuit. She opened as special guest on the Black Eyed Peas European tour in 2010 and also played four sold-out arena tours as part of Girls Aloud.

CHERYL COLE TOUR

6 Oct Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
7 Oct 02, London
9 Oct Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
11 Oct Echo Arena, Liverpool
12 Oct LG Arena, Brimingham
13 Oct Manchester Arena
15 Oct SECC, Glasgow
16 Oct Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
17 Oct Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle

http://www.cherylcole.com

Tickets are on-sale now priced at London £40.00 / £35.00 London and £35.00 regionally (subject to booking fee) and are available from http://www.livenation.co.uk or http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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VIDEO: Dog Is Dead “Two Devils”

Dog Is Dead first caught The Kaje‘s eye back at Summer Sundae 2010 when they stole the show from the likes of the inimitable Seasick Steve and stunning Stornoway (Tinchy Stryder – though a headliner – really was better best forgotten). While the boys have been plugging away on the live circuit, there are still no signs of the highly anticipated David Kosten produced debut album. However, as long as the lads keep pushing out sensational singles like “Two Devils”, we here at The Kaje stay happy.

FEATURE: Joe McElderry “I don’t believe that you need to put yourself in a box and say this is what I am going to do for the rest of my career.”

Having been awarded the title ‘flopstar’ the moment his debut single “The Climb” failed to hit the number 1 spot, it is good to see that X Factor winner Joe McElderry is a popular fella. Having been written off by the press within a week of winning the reality television talent show, McElderry decided to stay sheltered from the storm and focus on furthering the career he had always dreamed of. As The Kaje meets the Geordie gent in his dressing room ahead of another sell out show on his “Classic” tour, the happy go lucky star flinches slightly at the term “flop” but retains his warm smile as he states, “the press have made it out like it is massive highs and massive lows but to be honest there was no real flop period – I just changed record label.”

“I have kind of not focussed on any of the negatives of it, so it has been pretty plain sailing for me.”

“It was made into this big deal that my career was over because I had been spotted in a supermarket buying a pint of milk. You can’t go shopping when you are famous apparently.” Clearly accepting that a career in the public’s eye brings both its fair share of positive and negative feedback, McElderry, who still lives in Newcastle, may have been affected by his very public slaying but now that he has laid the foundations of a solid career in entertainment, his beaming smile and natural warmth simply shrug them off. He continues, “It has been fine. It has been absolutely amazing and I have just enjoyed every minute of it. I have kind of not focussed on any of the negatives of it, so it has been pretty plain sailing for me. I have just enjoyed every experience I have had.”

“What I wanted to do is try explain the journey,” explains McElderry of his debut solo tour. With two tumultuous years in the spotlight already behind him, McElderry is too gracious and grateful to do anything but focus on his fans. Unlike many an X Factor star, McElderry has decided against biting the hand that first fed him, instead using the tour as a celebration of the diverse audience both X Factor and Popstar To Operastar have brought him to. “There are two audiences that come see the show now. It ranges from five year olds to teenagers to middle-aged people to older people. When I step out on that stage and look around the room there is everything from a group of five year olds with their family to some seventy year olds and even a hen party. For a performer to have such a wide ranging audience is fantastic. What I wanted to do was show a bit of everything. There is a bit of my pop album “Wide Awake”, a few of people’s X Factor favourites then the “Classic” section. You can see from people in the audience that they may not have heard certain parts of it, but they still go crazy for it which is amazing.”

While he may have never predicted that his name would be known for renditions of “Nessum Dorma” or “Canto Della Terra”, he refutes any claim that his career has changed direction. While on the X Factor he was celebrated for his versatility, and though he is seemingly aware that bold, emotional ballads are his forte, he sees little reasons to place restrictions on his output. “We are just making nice music, so that is probably what I will keep on doing. The Christmas album is the same really – a few uptempo numbers on there, a few chilled out numbers. But I guess really it goes back to where I started with the big emotional ballads, so that is kind of what I want to be doing. That is not to say I won’t do uptempo numbers as I enjoy doing them. I want to just try doing different things all the time. I don’t believe that you need to put yourself in a box and say this is what I am going to do for the rest of my career. That just limits you.”

“I always think that when you put a rapper with a singer that shouldn’t go, it is the most genius thing as it is so different.”

“I’d love to go into film, musical film, musicals. There are so many things I would like to try.” While his foundations may not be firmly laid, McElderry is far from comfortable in his fortunate position. A born entertainer, he craves innovation and seeks new challenges. Rather than being comfortable in a framework that will further his fortune, he would rather challenge both himself and his audience by breaking the mould. Though film and stage work are clearly stated on his to do list, they are not at the top. The current cherry on the pie is explained by a beaming and excited McElderry, “I would like to try a pop/rap collaboration. I always think that when you put a rapper with a singer that shouldn’t go, it is the most genius thing as it is so different. I would love to try do something like that as I don’t think anyone would expect me to do that. Somebody like Dappy, Tinie Tempah or Tinchy Stryder. Any of those rappers would work because we are so different. If you put us together it would be amazing.”

While he may be full of big dreams, which we have little doubt he will more than achieve, McElderry lacks the ego that many of his contemporaries ooze. Having made his name as the affable boy next door, his lack of celebrity craving has allowed him to ride the wave of success unaffected. Far from feeling like an interview, McElderry allows you to be his mate, even if only for five minutes, and as he boasts a similar on stage presence, it is little wonder than every man and his dog is queuing by the stage door for an autograph after the scream fest that accompanies his stunning stage show. Now if only I could land the role of his biographer, or even if his best mate…

Joe McElderry is currently touring nationwide.

Words and Images: Jeremy Williams

NEWS: Clubland 4 Live To Feature Scooter and Tinchy Stryder!

Have the time of your life at the hottest party in town at CLUBLAND LIVE 4! featuring live performances from Scooter, Tinchy Stryder, Ultrabeat, Roll Deep, Aggro Santos and many more. Clubland touches down for a UK tour featuring a party night of live performances from dance music’s biggest selling artists!

SCOOTER have taken the world by storm, conquering all before them – not only in Germany, but also in the UK, where they swept the competition aside on their way to the top of the charts. Over 25 million sales and more than 80 gold and platinum awards all over the globe underline their extra-special status. SCOOTER are a rare phenomenon, staying at the top for well over a decade without losing their golden touch, their energy levels as high as the day they started!

Tinchy Stryder was last year’s biggest selling British solo male artist saw him have two number 1 singles (Number 1 and Never Leave You) and a critically acclaimed second album (Catch 22). Tinchy has performed at all the major festivals, supported Akon on tour, embarked on two sold out nationwide headline UK tours and developed his own merchandise Star in The Hood. Tinchy Stryder is set to release In My System, the first single from his forthcoming album Third Strike on August 9th 2010.

Comprising Mike Di Scala and Chris Henry, Ultrabeat have become one of the leading UK commercial dance artists alongside Cascada, Scooter, Basshunter and Darren Styles. Their first album in 2007 went gold and they have had a host of top 40 hits including Pretty Green Eyes, Feelin’ Fine, Elysium, Better Than Life and the biggest track of last summer, Discolights. In 2010 they are back with a brand new single, Bring it Back which will be followed later in the year by an album.

Legendary grime pioneers Roll Deep returned with a bang with their new single Good Times’ on Relentless / Virgin Records which recently spent three weeks at number one. With grime now embraced by the masses, Roll Deep are back to reclaim their throne.  Their new single ‘Green Light’ is out on August 15th followed by their new album released later in the year.

Last but not least, Aggro Santos released his first official single, ‘Candy’ in May, which debuted at #5 in the UK charts. Mixed by Rob Orton (Lady GaGa) and featuring Kimberly Wyatt from the Pussycat Dolls, the track has just gone silver, selling over 200,000 records. Aggro supported Diversity on their sold out UK tour earlier this year, and joins Chipmunk on his Academy tour in July. His debut album is set for release later this year.

See Scooter, Tinchy Stryder, Ultrabeat, Roll Deep plus Aggro Santos and many more to be announced at the following venues in October:

Monday 25 October 2010             Belfast Odyssey Arena
Tuesday 26 October 2010             Birmingham NIA                               Thursday 28 October 2010            Glasgow SECC Hall 4
Friday 29 October 2010                  Newcastle Metro Radio Arena     Saturday 30 October 2010            Manchester EN Arena

Tickets onsale now

Buy online www.gigsandtours.com / www.ticketmaster.co.uk

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NEWS: Camp Bestival – Just 8 weeks to go!!

There are just less than eight weeks to go until we all make the journey to Dorset’s glorious Jurassic coast for a weekend of joy at Lulworth Castle and we have got some super-exiting news for you including the fact that the Jousting will be on every day! With 53 sleeps before Camp Bestival throws open its gates it’s not long until we can enjoy three full days of partying with Madness, Friendly Fires, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, The Human League, Calvin Harris, Tinchy Stryder and many more musical pleasures.  Plus there will be literally hundreds of free things for kids to do, amazing food from the likes of Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his River Cottage Café, enlightened and erudite entertainment at the East Lulworth Literary Institute, Fairy Tale fancy dress, Zippos Circus, The House of Fairy Tales and much, much more.

Rob da Bank says: “Jousting is the new black, its official. Anyone who saw the shows last year knows how exhilarating a bit of jousting looks after a pint of real ale… and the kids were screaming for more too. So its back and it’s now every day, gang! Our ‘How To …’ series for budding creative types from eight to eighty year olds already has film director Andrea Arnold, über producer William Orbit and DJ Derek onboard so we’re delighted that Gavin Turk one of the original Young British Artists and also the curator of the House Of Fairytales is joining the bill to tell us How To … Be An Artist. See you down the front.”

A firm favourite with kids young and old, the Knights of Lulworth Castle will be performing their dramatic battles on horseback every day at this year’s Camp Bestival. Join Horses Impossible, the celebrated stunt riders from films such as First Knight, The Clash of the Titans, Van Helsing and Russell’s Crowe’s Robin Hood, as they delight you with their amazing show.  With spectacular period costumes, and set to an exciting soundtrack, the medieval show will leave you breathless, as you witness the skill of the Games and the danger of the Joust.  As well as mounted knights with lances, you’ll see displays with swords, staffs and even a flaming mace! The evil black knight, Lord Odious Black, has issued a challenge to the knights to come and show their skills, but will he cheat? Probably!  So be prepared to Boo!  Our Herald will lead you through the history of knights and the tournaments – all the gore and more – get involved and cheer on your favourite knights as they face one another for the competition.  The jousting never fails to impress and with performances every day there’s no excuse to miss the majesty of medieval combat.

Following their amazing shows last year, the English National Ballet are back by popular demand to wow the crowd with their sublime performances but not only will they be performing live they will also be showing films of their recent ballets and conducting ballet hair an make-up sessions, so your budding ballerinas can perfect their look!

The ‘How To…’ sessions, that already feature acclaimed film director Andrea Arnold, William Orbit and legendary rock photographer Kevin Cummins will lay bare the mysterious world of the arts for all to see, giving you the opportunity to learn from the real masters, so we are very pleased that the line up will be completed by a special session from Gavin Turk. At the forefront of the Young British Artists movement that also spawned Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk is widely regarded as one of the UK’s most important artists. Alongside Deborah Curtis, The House of Fairy Tales is one of the most exciting attractions coming to Camp Bestival this year, so it’s a huge honour to have him baring the secrets of his success.

Plus, so you can enjoy your time at Camp Bestival in some serious style we have 4 beautiful Cabanas available for hire, located in the Castle Field and facing the main outdoor Castle Stage. These Cabanas are traditional 12ft pole tents which are lined floor to ceiling in stunning sumptuous hand worked velvet and they each come with a day bed loaded with cushions, a table and have a carpeted floor.  If you’re celebrating a birthday for a little ‘un, want an intimate knees-up with old muckers or just want to enjoy the main stage in lavish style the Cabanas are available to hire for part or whole days, so you and your friends and family have a base to relax and enjoy the music and ambience. There are two hire periods each day –  Day (midday to 6pm) and Night (6pm to midnight). Day hire costs £250 and Night hire costs £300. If you would like to book one please email cabanas@campbestival.net providing your address and phone number. These will go very quickly so you’d best be quick!

With so much to see and do, Camp Bestival 2010 is set to be a fairytale extravaganza but just to get you in the mood Rob da Bank has put together a special Camp Bestival Podcast packed with oodles of exciting news and music from this year’s line-up plus info about the other little oddities to be found at this year’s festival.  If you haven’t already got it click this link and enjoy! http://besti-blog.blogspot.com/2010/05/camp-bestival-podcast.html

Don’t forget, Bestival is sold out and tickets are going fast for Camp Bestival so get in there whilst you still can.  For all the latest news remember to keep checking www.campbestival.net

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